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Looking for Used Accent Sedan. Any suggestions?

Hello,

Looking to purchase a used Hyundai Accent sedan 2012 and newer and was wondering what issues should I look for in this particular model.

Any particular year(s) I should avoid or concentrate on?

Thanks for your assistance.

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I've been following this forum since I got my Accent new in the spring of 2012.

I haven't seen any problems that were year specific. The car has its idiosyncrasies... Some are prone to pinging during acceleration and the rear brakes are famous for wearing out quickly.

If you go through the posts on this forum, you'll see there have been an assortment of problems. But, that's par for just about any car forum regardless of make. People rarely post when they aren't having any difficulties.

Personally, I find the ride a little harsh, and the electric steering takes a bit more attention when on the highway. It tends to feel a little loose. But all-in-all, I've been happy with mine. I've had no troubles at all.
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Thanks for your opinion.

Had not considered Hyundai before and had looked only at Honda/Toyota. But have been hearing good things about Hyundai, on the other hand Edmunds reviews have not been as good. Most of the time, the only good points in their reviews is "Great Warranty". But what good is warranty if the car is nothing but trouble?

Was wondering if any particular years have had engine/trannie/other major issues that caused people to avoid cars from those years. But your response suggests that there is nothing of that sort for model years 2012-2017.

Agreed, people tend to post only when they are unhappy with the car. :-)
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Reliability and Safety

Researching a bit on Accents, I see the following links:

USNews - rankings of subcompact cars states - Poor reliability and Safety scores (seems I cannot add links to my posts as a new member).

Consumer Reports states - For Model years 2012-2017 - "In the end though, we cannot recommend this version of the Accent because it scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test."

Wondering what people think about these 2 articles.

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I bought my 2014 Hyundai Accent GS (hatch model) brand new with 12 miles on the clock and now have 63,000. So far the car has been super reliable. It is a bit of a rough ride due to the torsion bar suspension, but not a deal breaker. I had to replace the garbage tires and the battery just went out after three years. Besides that I've just done normal maintenance. I like that the vehicle is very cheap to maintain with only using about 3.6 quarts of oil on fill-ups. Also, I buy Hyundai filters in bulk for $4 a piece. With oil rebates and $4 filters my fully synthetic oil changes only cost me about $16 a piece.

As for features the car is rather bare, but I do like the shift-o-matic option on AT. It's no manual, but a good compromise (my wife wouldn't have a manual). Throughout the forums the Accent seems to be hit and miss, but I've had great luck with my Accent and have enjoyed it thoroughly. Just did a 3,000 mile trip last Summer from Utah to San Diego, then up highway 1 and 101 all the way to Portland, Oregon and back to Utah.

One thing that may have deterred me from Hyundai, if I knew about it before I bought one, is the gasoline direct injection engines. While their is not much evidence on the issues GDIs have now, I know the GDI engines have been disasters for carbon build up in cars from the last few decades. However, one can maintain such issues with cleanings and good oils.
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I bought my 2014 Hyundai Accent GS (hatch model) brand new with 12 miles on the clock and now have 63,000. So far the car has been super reliable. .....
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Thanks for your reply.

It is the 'hit or miss' issue with Accents that are holding me back. Also, add on the reports/articles about safety and was wondering what made people buy Accents.
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It is the 'hit or miss' issue with Accents that are holding me back. Also, add on the reports/articles about safety and was wondering what made people buy Accents.
I have to admit that the safety think doesn't bother me much since most cars in it's class also fail the small overlap test; I've watched many of those crash test videos on YouTube. I knew what I was getting with a sub-compact car. It's a point A to B car that is made to be as light and efficient as possible. If I had to do it again, I probably would have spend a bit more to get something nicer. However, as for right now I have a payed off car with cheap insurance and great gas mileage.
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When I purchased, I had a choice between the 2016 Accent, 2016 Elantra (scarce), and 2017 Elantra (new design).

In some ways, knowing what I know now, I wish I'd gone with the Elantra to avoid the GDI engine, but the Accent hasn't given me any issues.

Reliability has been hit-or-miss for a lot of members - i.e. one member has 360K Miles and no problems and one member had the engine replaced 3 times under warranty between 90 and 100K miles.

Features and option packages changed year-for-year, and Hyundai changes some things for no real reason - i.e. the 2015-up hazard flasher is a different part and wired differently than then 2012-2014, although externally the cars look identical.

There is supposed to be an ECU flash for the pinging - get that done. The rear brakes I think are more of an issue in the snow belt.

Consumer Reports states - For Model years 2012-2017 - "In the end though, we cannot recommend this version of the Accent because it scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test."
Wondering what people think about these 2 articles.

Very new tests that came out after the Accent was designed. 2018 Accent and 2017 Elantra were likely re-designed to do better on that test. If I was concerned (which I'm not), I would buy one of those instead, but you will pay more for one.

More thoughts:

Use 5W30 full synthetic oil to help protect the GDI engine from fuel dilution.

Powertrain warranty is only 10/100K miles for the original purchaser or if you get CPO - otherwise it is only 5/60K (which is the industry standard other than Hyundai/Kia.

Kia Rio is essentially the same car, a bit sportier and less stylish, same engine and warranty, red vs. blue dash lights, better infotainment system ...


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It is the 'hit or miss' issue with Accents that are holding me back. Also, add on the reports/articles about safety and was wondering what made people buy Accents.
I don't know of a car model that doesn't have hit or miss cars. I've seen 100k+ sports coupe not start, catch on fire, burn out the brakes, transmissions etc. on Top Gear. I had a neighbor with a Ford Festiva with over 200k miles and those things were beer cans with wheels (lot of room inside though). I even see Yugos on the road still. You never know. As for crash safety it's something to consider but I'd never blackball a car simply because it had poor crash ratings. The only time I think I'd make an issue of it would be if I were getting a new driver their first car.

Why I bought my Accent (an '07 MC not an RB )? Because I fit comfortably in it (I'm a big guy and you'd be surprised how few cars are designed with us larger folks in mind), it was affordable, well within my price limit which was fairly low and it only had 26k miles on it, that's barely broken in. It's also not bad looking for a low end sub-compact.
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I had the previous gen 2017 model, drove ~13,000KM in the first year and the rear brakes needed to be serviced. This is not necessarily a defect. The hatchback models if you've noticed how the dirt and dust clings around the backend all over the hatch (most SUV's are similar) All this dust and debris gets sucked in around the calipers and causes the brakes to stick over time. The sedan versions don't seem to have the same issue as much, but this problem occurs frequently with rear disc brakes on almost all cars being driven in "harsh" environments. Especially in areas with snow, where I am, the road salt and sand is impossible to keep out and now most cars have alloys that are open and exposed.
Other than the brake service I never had any other issues with my 2017 Hatchback. Traded in with ~18,500km for 2019 Accent Sedan
The 2012-17 Accent was an overall excellent value, the cars seemed fairly reliable they hold their value a bit better than some of the others, the parts are reasonably inexpensive for normal wear and tear things.
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